The Color of COVID and the New Jim Crow
Join us for a live stream panel on Monday, June 1st at 7:00 PM.
In a society that often sees itself as color blind or color neutral, why have the negative impacts of COVID-19 been color-coded? How do you physically distance in places of confinement?
Join us for another livestream co-sponsored by Bellarmine and the Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice on Monday, June 1, 7 PM. Featuring moderator Dr. Adam Clark and panelists Rev. Damon Lynch, Iris Roley, and Rev. Nelson Pierce, this conversation will address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the African American population and health care ethics in the prison system.
A flyer for the event can be found here.
Dr. Adam Clark
Adam Clark is an Associate Professor of Theology at Xavier University, who is committed to the idea that theological education in the twenty first century must function as a counter-story. One that equips students to read against the grain of the dominant culture and inspires them to live into the Ignatian dictum of going forth "to set the world on fire." During his tenure at Xavier, Dr. Clark has received several distinctions in teaching including Teacher of the Year Nomination by the Alpha Sigma Nu International Honor Society and The Faculty Support Award by the Black Student Association. He currently serves as co-chair of Black Theology Group at the American Academy of Religion, actively publishes in the area of black theology and black religion and participates in social justice groups at Xavier and in the Cincinnati area.
Damon Lynch, III
Damon Lynch, III is a lifetime resident of the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was educated in the Cincinnati Public School system and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cincinnati Bible College. He is a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University in Chicago Illinois. He has conducted workshops and seminars throughout the United States to many organizations on the Asset-Based approach to problem solving and development. Pastor Damon Lynch, III is married to Regina Jenkins-Lynch and has three children.
Iris Showes-Roley was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a wife, mother, grandmother and business owner. Iris is an original member of the Cincinnati Black United Front. As the Project Manager for the CBUF, in November 2000, Iris implemented a plan of action to address the wrongful deaths of two unarmed black men by the Cincinnati Police Departmen, which led to the historic Collaborative Agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Cincinnati and the Department of Justice. Iris has spoken and consulted in New York, where she worked on the elimination of the “Stop & Frisk” policies; and in other cities across the country. Iris has dedicated her life to the reform of police departments and the implementation of public policy. Iris Roley currently lends her talents and time to boards such as: AMOS Project, City Mangers Advisory Board (MAG), The Police Chief Advisory Board (CAB), The Community Police Partnering Center (CPPC) , Unofficial Juvenile Court in Madisonville, and the Summer Enrichment Program.
Rev. Nelson Pierce, Jr.
Rev. Nelson Pierce, Jr. is the Faith and Race Program Director and Baptist Chaplain at the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice. He is also the senior pastor of Beloved Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Before coming to Xavier he was a community organizer, most notably playing a critical role in organizing the faith community in Ferguson, MO in 2014. He continues to be active in the community speaking out for justice for those most vulnerable.
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